Paris Saint-Germain full-back Layvin Kurzawa admits that Manchester United forward Anthony Martial’s rise this season has taken him by surprise.

Manchester United shocked the football world when they paid a huge fee to secure the signature of the then 19-year-old forward from Monaco last summer.

The transfer was roundly criticised for the amount of money the Red Devils paid for the teenage forward, but Martial, now 20, has been one of the shining stars of a disappointing campaign for Louis van Gaal’s team.

Often carrying their attack, the Frenchman has already become a key figure at Old Trafford and is considered a huge part of their rebuilding process.

Kurzawa, who played with the forward at Monaco, admits that he didn’t anticipate such a quick rise for Martial, but he insisted that the Manchester United striker’s talent was never in question.  


And he feels that Martial was bound to leave Monaco for a bigger club at some point.

When asked whether he expected Martial to make such huge progress this season, the full-back explained to French outlet Foot Mercato: “It's true it happened quickly.

“But he is player who has lot of potential and talent; I knew sooner or later he would explode. He has many things that others don’t have, but he worked like everyone else.

“For him what's happened is a dream.

“He was fast, but if it was not this year, then he would have left next year.”

Despite playing most of the season on the wings, Martial has still scored 11 goals and has provided six assists in 37 appearances for the Red Devils.